Port Angeles Border Patrol agent honored for finding, assisting missing man

SEQUIM — David Linson, a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Port Angeles, was honored on Monday for his role in assisting a elderly man who had wandered away from his home west of Sequim on Nov. 7.

Linson spotted the man along U.S. Highway 101 just after midnight.

“It was cold out, and this guy was wandering around in his underwear,” said Todd McCool, Border Patrol agent in charge.

The elderly man matched the description of a missing person who had a history of dementia, according to a Border Patrol news release.

He appeared confused, so Linson drove him home and waited for Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies to arrive.

“This action is absolutely indicative of how Border Patrol agents do their part to assist the local community,” McCool said.

Linson was honored in a short ceremony with management and a few of his peers, McCool said.

The sixth-year agent received a nontraditional award, which can include a plaque or a gift certificate, McCool said.

Linson declined to be photographed.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-417-3537 or at [email protected]

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